Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

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Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane…


Blogger Bash!

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Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary….


A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did…


Build a Better Blog

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?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social…


5 Tips to Ease Meeting Planners’ Stress

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Meeting planners have all experienced the gratifying, joyous feeling of coordinating a successful conference or event, but they face many obstacles along the way. Some challenges can feel overwhelming, but can be met by adopting new or different approaches. The following strategies, adapted from Event MB, can help to turn potential failures into successes. Dealing…


14 Hot Hotel Trends for 2016

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Event professionals who spend a lot of time in hotels will be happy to learn that a lot of innovative ideas will transform hotels in the near future. Many are already in place at select properties. Blogging for U.S. News & World Report, Lyn Mettler  illuminates 14 hot hotel trends for 2016. Quicker check-in.  At an ever-expanding number…


Dressed for Success

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It has been said that clothes make the man (or woman), but what exactly does the phrase dressed for success mean, especially as it relates to business? Long ago the rules were formal and precise. Men sported dark suits with pressed shirts and ties; women wore conservative dresses or skirts with sensible heels and hose….


Hong Kong Tops 100 Cities for International Travel


Market Research Company Euromonitor International has releases their Top 100 City Destinations based on the international travel arrival statistics for 2014, a report they release annually. For the past five years, Hong Kong has placed as the number one destination, and this year is no different, with 278.8 million arrivals in 2014, an eight percent growth…


David Epstein Shares Smart Tips for Marketing Your Event

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On Jan. 19, Bizzabo Content Marketing Manager David Epstein presented a Smart Meetings webinar where he shared strategies and tips for effectively marketing events and conferences. He discussed proven strategies that can help planners attract more registrants, and better engage them before, during and after the event. To hear an archived transcript of the presentation, click here. Since…


5 Ways for Event Professionals to Handle Tough Q&As

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When making presentations, many event professionals freeze when it comes to the Q&As. Unsure of what to expect, they worry about fielding tough questions from the audience. Experts point out that this is perfectly natural. Opening the floor to questions after a presentation opens the door to the unknown. Although you may be perceived as an expert, the…